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The Kameha Grand certainly does its name justice! The word ‚kameha‘, which means unique in Hawaiian, is indeed the best way to describe this brand new luxury hotel in Zurich. The quirky details, over the top neo-baroque features and exaggerated Swissness will make your stay a truly grand experience.
Scale is an important part of interior design and renowned product and interior designer Marcel Wanders surely knows how to use it to his advantage or rather apply it in such a way to grab your attention. Think lamps in the shape of oversized cow bells, sliding doors covered in brown leather made to look like chocolate bars and a gigantic freestanding safe to hold your minibar and coffee machine. The quirky, somewhat provocative associations to Switzerland are hard to miss!
The Kameha Grand is located in a new urban development called Glattpark near Zurich airport. It offers easy access to the city centre and is steps away from a 128’000 m2 recreational area which includes promenades, jogging trails and a large swimming lake. However, once you enter the lobby it is like stepping into a parallel world. Marcel Wanders, referred to as ‘The Lady Gaga of Design’ by New York Times, didn’t just design a hotel, he created a destination!
Whereas the 224 rooms continue to explore Swissness, there are also 6 Business Suites, 2 Executive Suites, the Space Suite (for a measly CHF 2000 per night!), the King Kameha Suite and 11 themed suites, which can satisfy most anyone’s fantasies. You can choose between the Hollywood inspired Diva Suite, the Workout Suite featuring its own work-out equipment, the Burlesque Suite encouraging you to explore ’50 shades of you’ and the Serenity Suite entirely designed in white, just to name a few. All rooms are generous in size and offer luxurious bathrooms. The Deluxe category and the suites feature countertop double sinks as well as a freestanding bathtub in addition to the shower cubicle equipped with rain shower.
The restaurants and bars demonstrate how food and design can be a way of exploring the world without the need for a passport. At the Japanese restaurant Yu Nijyo you’ll find a successful blend of cultures, with Japanese scenes in traditional Appenzell (a region in Switzerland) cut out patterns. The Shisha Lounge on the other hand is decorated using opulent Arabic fabrics, the Smoker’s Lounge is reminiscent of an old English Gentleman’s Club and the Puregold Bar showcases a quirky mix of Swissness and neo-baroque details. The interior at restaurant L’Unico (The unique in Italian), where you can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet and hearty Italian dishes, features colourfully painted tiles on walls and tables. To complete its offering the hotel also boasts state-of-the-art banquet rooms and a dramatically styled ballroom for up to 1000 guests.
If you have read any of my previous blog posts on hotel design, you will know that there is one place I wouldn’t miss for the world – the Spa! Unlike at most other hotels the Kameha Spa can be found at the top of the building and therefore features a roof top terrace where you can lounge and relax during the warmer months of the year. During winter and in case you prefer a more quiet space (remember the hotel is located near the airport) you can unwind in one of the serene indoor relaxation areas, mostly designed in white with flowing fabrics, hanging chairs and a stylish ethanol fireplace. The steam and sauna room on the contrary, will invigorate your senses with a bold black, white and signal red colour palette.
Whether you are visiting Zurich on business, leisure or you simply want to indulge yourself in a unique experience, I suggest you add the Kameha Grand to your to-do list.
Wishing you a truly grand autumn!
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